AUMB 2015 Student Leaders

Drum Majors

Jonathan Corona

Jonathan Corona - Email

War Eagle! My name is Jonathan Corona, and I am honored to return for my second year as drum major for the 2016 Auburn University Marching Band. I am from Rome, Georgia and pursuing my Master's Degree in Community Planning with a concentration in transportation. I'm a recent graduate of Auburn's College of Architecture, Design & Construction with a B.S. in Environmental Design. I previously served as a proud member of the trombone section and, subsequently, a drum a major for the past 3 seasons.

In addition to being a part of the AUMB, I have participated in the Auburn Jazz Ensemble, served as an Assistant Director for Freshman Leadership Programs, an SOS Transfer Student Orientation Leader, the President of Auburn Mentoring Program, the President of the College of Architecture, and a National Officer for Silver Wings. All of these experiences, as well as many others, have allowed me to discover my passion for leadership, character-building, and teamwork. 

I didn’t begin my college marching band career until my sophomore year, so I found several opportunities to engage myself on campus throughout my freshman year. However, joining the AUMB was absolutely the best decision I’ve made since choosing Auburn as my home. My unique experience at Auburn and being a part of an organization that exemplifies the qualities of Auburn men and women has challenged me to develop not only better music and marching skills, but it has also helped to enhance my character. I cannot wait to start another great season! I look forward to seeing all of you at preseason camp! If you have any questions about the marching band or Auburn in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me via e-mail or find me on Facebook. War Eagle!

Hannah Rose Duraski

Hannah-Rose Duraski - Email

War Eagle! My name is Hannah Rose Duraski and I am honored to return as one of your Drum Majors for the 2016-2017 season! I am from Auburn, AL and I graduated from Auburn High School in 2013. I am headed into my senior year majoring in Music Education. This will be my fourth year with the AUMB and my third on the leadership team, including one year as clarinet section leader and one as an assistant Drum Major. Outside of marching band, I have participated in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Chamber Choir, the National Band Association, NAfME, AU Music Ambassadors, and am an active member Auburn United Methodist Church.

Being a part of the AUMB is an experience like no other. From the first step-off at Preseason Camp to jogging out of the tunnel, you know that you are a part of something bigger than yourself. Not only do we represent Auburn University, but we represent a family. I am so excited that you have chosen to become a part of ours!

I am happy to answer any of the questions you have about the AUMB, Auburn, or just anything in general! Feel free to contact me via Facebook or Email. I can’t wait to see all of you at Preseason Camp! Welcome to our family and War Eagle! 

Emily-Anne Rouse

Emily-Anne Rouse - Email

War Eagle! My name is Emily-Anne Rouse and I am honored and excited to serve as one of your AUMB Drum Majors! I am an upcoming junior from Auburn, Alabama studying Music Education. This is my third year in the AUMB and my second year on the leadership team, including a year as tuba section leader. Most days you can find me around Goodwin Hall practicing, studying, or working in the band library. Other than the AUMB, I am a member of the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, and Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. I am also a member of the AU Music Ambassadors, National Band Association, Music Teachers National Association, and NAfME. Off-campus, I am also an active member of the University Church of Christ.

The AUMB has become a family to me and I am so thankful to be a part of such a talented and dedicated group of students. I have made my closest friends in this organization and learned so many important lessons such as teamwork, self-discipline, organization, and leadership. My favorite part of any game day is singing the Alma Mater with my wonderful band family, but no feeling compares to the rush you get when jogging out of the tunnel into Jordan Hare Stadium!

If you have any questions about band or Auburn in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me through email or Facebook. I cannot wait to meet each of you and welcome you to the loveliest village on the plains!!

CJ Ellis

CJ Ellis - Email

War Eagle! My name is CJ Ellis and I am honored to serve as one of the Auburn University Marching Band Drum Majors for the 2016-2017 season! I am from Enterprise, AL where graduated from Enterprise High School in 2014. I am heading into my Junior year and pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. This will be my third season in the AUMB after spending my first two as a member of the trumpet section.

Outside of the AUMB, I have participated in numerous ensembles including Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, AU Singers Band, and Trumpet Ensemble. I am also a member of the Delta Psi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, the Alabama Trumpet Guild, and the National Band Association.

Coming to Auburn and being in the AUMB was the greatest decision I have ever made. I have made lifelong friends through this organization and have certainly learned the value of hard work! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or find me on Facebook! I can’t wait to see you all at Preseason Camp! War Eagle!


R.A.T. Leaders

Ashley Garner

Ashley Garner - Email

Hello Everyone! My name is Ashley Garner, and I am so very excited about serving as one of your R.A.T. Leaders for the 2016 season!  I am a senior in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Birmingham, AL, where I graduated from Hoover High School in 2013.  This season will be my fourth on the Auburn University Majorette Line.  I am also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.

I am constantly thankful that I decided to audition to be a part of the AUMB my freshmen year.  Through this program, I have met some of my absolute best friends who have become my support system and my family.  I am absolutely honored and privileged to be able to serve and help lead an organization that has given me so much.

Ultimately, I just really love Auburn, the AUMB, and all of you guys!  I cannot wait to meet and get to know every one of you at Preseason Camp in August!  I can promise you that being a part of this program is something completely worthwhile.  Until Preseason Camp, if you have any questions about anything, feel free to email me or find me on Facebook.  War Eagle!

Robert BootheRobert Boothe - Email

War Eagle! My name is Robert Boothe and I am so excited to serve as a R.A.T. Leader for the 2016 season! I am a senior majoring in Biochemistry, Pre-Medicine and this will be my fourth year marching as a member of the Trumpet section. I am also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity. I am originally from Huntsville, AL, where I graduated from Virgil I. Grissom High School in 2013. 

Joining the AUMB my freshman year was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have gained so many close friends through the AUMB, and have also made some of the best memories of my life these past three years. The AUMB embodies everything that is Auburn: spirit, tradition, and family. It is such a privilege and an honor to be a part of an organization that represents such an amazing university.

I can't wait to meet every single one of you this August at Preseason camp! I can promise you that coming to Auburn and deciding to join the Family will be one of the best decisions you have ever made. Until then, feel free to email me any of your questions or find me on Facebook. War Eagle!

Ian VelasquezIan Velasquez - Email

WAR EAGLE!

I’m Ian Velasquez and I am honored to serve as one of the R.A.T. Leaders for the 2016 Auburn University Marching Band! I’m a Senior in Interdisciplinary Studies with focus on Business and Non Profit, and I play in the tuba section.

I graduated from Chilton County High School Clanton, AL in 2012. Ever since I was a kid I had always wanted to come to Auburn but it wasn’t until the 2010 season that made me want to be apart of this band. Since coming to Auburn I have been a brother of Phi Mu Alpha, singing in the AU choirs and also very active at Church of the Highlands here at the Auburn campus. I also perform in the basketball pep band.

Auburn is truly the greatest place in the world and coming to school here is one of the best experiences you will ever have. Audition for the Auburn University Marching Band. Being a member of the AUMB is worth every minute spent working to be a part of one of the oldest and famous organizations on campus. I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you. Make sure you fill out your Membership Intent Form, and never hesitate to ask me or anyone on leadership any questions, whether it is through email or Facebook or what have you!

Do'Nyal WebbDo'Nyal Webb - Email

Warrrr Eagle! Hey, my name is Do’Nyal Webb and I can’t wait to serve as one of your R.A.T. Leaders for the 2016-2017 season! I am a junior majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Business. This will be my third year marching with the Auburn University Marching Band (known to many as the AUMB)! I’m in the tuba section, but I also play percussion! I’m a sister of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Service Sorority and an M.I.T for Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity for Women. I’m from Harris County, Georgia and I graduated from Harris County High School in 2014!

I’m currently the only student from my high school to attend Auburn and join the AUMB. So I’ll never forget coming to Auburn and leaving my friends, family, and hometown behind. It was very terrifying and I wasn’t sure what to expect! However, I was welcomed to such a big family where I’ve made so many friends, got to enjoy so many amazing experiences, and find a home away from home! Being apart of such a prestigious organization that embodies everything Auburn is one of the many reasons I love the AUMB, but the impact it has had on me thus far is something I cherish and glad to keep with me forever.

I’m so excited to meet you and look forward to having you in August at Preseason camp! Don’t forget to fill out your intent form and I assure you that the time you’ll spend at Auburn and with the AUMB will be such a treasured experience. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to know more about the AUMB or Auburn, feel free to email or find me on Facebook!

 

Section Leaders

Cary LairdCary Laird (Piccolo) - Email

War Eagle everyone! My name is Cary Laird and I am honored to be one of the piccolo section leaders for the 2016 season! I am a junior double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Physics. I am from the small town of Chipley, FL, where I graduated from Chipley High School in 2014. Apart from the AUMB, I also am a member of Symphonic Band. Being a part of the Auburn band program is an experience like no other. Joining the AUMB has been, by far, the best decision of my college career because it has allowed me to meet my best friends, experience the intensity of SEC football, and above all, it has taught me how to be an integral part of something so much bigger than myself. The AUMB has made a tremendous impact in my life the past two years and I can’t wait to see where it takes me in the remainder of my time at Auburn. I’m so glad you’ve decided to join the Auburn family, as well as the AUMB family, and I look forward to meeting you all at Preseason Camp! If you have any questions, feel free to email me or find me on Facebook!

Lauren RossmanLauren Rossman (Piccolo) - Email

War eagle! My name is Lauren Rossman  and I am very honored to serve as one of the Piccolo Section Leaders for the 2016 Season. I am from Warner Robins, Georgia, and I graduated from Warner Robins High School in 2014. I will be a Junior this fall majoring in Health Services Administration. This will be my third season with the AUMB and I can't wait for it to start! I am also a member of the Symphonic Winds Ensemble at Auburn, and I am an active brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Fraternity for College Band members. Being in the AUMB has given me so many memories and friendships and I am so glad you have chosen to attend Auburn and I can't wait to meet you all at Preseason Camp! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Welcome to Auburn and War Eagle!

Caroline GarsedCaroline Garsed (Clarinet) - Email

Hello everyone! My name is Caroline Garsed and I am a senior majoring in Biosystems Engineering. I am very honored to be serving as one of your clarinet section leaders for the 2016 marching season. I attended high school at UMS-Wright Preparatory School in Mobile, Alabama and graduated in 2013. This is my third year as a proud member of the Auburn University Marching Band. Besides being a member of the AUMB, I am a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, a music fraternity for women. I have also participated in the Auburn University Concert Band, Campus Bands and Auburn University Concert Choir. Being in the AUMB has been one of the best experiences of my life and it has taught me so many life long skills. I have made some of my best memories and friends during my time in the AUMB! I’m so excited to meet all of you! WAR EAGLE! 

Ryan LeyelRyan Leyel (Clarinet) - Email

Hey guys! My name is Ryan Leyel, and I'm a junior majoring in Professional Flight Management. I'm from Fullerton, California, and I graduated from El Dorado High School in 2014.  This will be my third year in the AUMB and I’m proud to serve as one of your Clarinet Section Leaders for the 2016 season. Besides being in the AUMB, I am a member of the Symphonic Band, I love to fly, go skiing, play golf, and hang out at the beach.  Marching with the AUMB has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life, and I honestly couldn't imagine college without it. You're going to make some of the best friends of your entire life, and make lasting memories.  Preseason Camp is a ton of fun and I hope you guys are as excited about it as I am.  Don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions or concerns about camp, the AUMB or anything else about this great university.  I’d be happy to help you.  War Eagle!!!

Fallon PrigmoreFallon Prigmore (Alto Saxophone) - Email

Hello everyone! My name is Fallon Prigmore and I am one of the alto saxophone section leaders this year! I’m from Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia and I’m a senior majoring in Music Education. While I march the alto saxophone, my main instrument is oboe. The 2016 season will be my fourth year in the AUMB and my first as section leader. On top of being in the AUMB, I am a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, and Co-President of the Auburn student chapter of Music Teacher National Association. I have also participated in the Auburn Symphonic Band for four years, Auburn’s Jazz Band, and Auburn’s Community Orchestra. I’m really excited to see what this season brings all of us! Being in the AUMB has been one of my fondest memories while in college and I am excited that you are interested in being a part of it as well! I know you all will enjoy this organization as much as I have. If you have any questions at all feel free to email me or find me on Facebook. I look forward to seeing you all during Pre-Season Camp! War Eagle! 

Jeromy SwannJeromy Swann (Alto Saxophone) - Email

Hey there, and War Eagle! My name is Jeromy Swann, and I'm excited to be an Alto Saxophone section leader for the 2016 AUMB! I'm from the good ol' port city of Mobile, Alabama, where I graduated in 2013 from Davidson High School. I am a senior majoring in software engineering with a minor in Spanish, and I hope to work as a programmer for a video game development firm after graduation. Other ensembles I participate in include the symphonic band and the jazz band.  I am also a member of the Spanish Club, the secretary of the student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery, and the founder and president of TigerDev, a club for students interested in video game development. None of that compares, however, to the awesome experiences I've had during my time in the AUMB. I’ve gained friends that I know will be with me for life, and I’ve grown a lot as an individual. I’m glad you’re interested in becoming a part of this awesome organization! If you have any questions about the AUMB or college life in general, please contact me. Welcome to the Auburn Family!

Kristen BoltKristen Bolt (Tenor Saxophone) - Email

War Eagle!

My name is Kristen Bolt and I am so excited and honored to be serving as the 2016 Tenor Saxophone section leader. I am from Auburn, AL. This is my fourth year in the AUMB and my first year as section leader.  I am a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Along with the marching band, I am a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Service Fraternity, and I have also performed with Auburn’s Campus Band. Joining the AUMB was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The AUMB has given me lifelong friends and many unforgettable memories, and I am so excited to share these experiences with you. If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to email me!

Ryan BlackwellRyan Blackwell (Trumpet) - Email

My name is Ryan Blackwell and I have the honor of serving as one of three Trumpet Section Leaders for the 2016-2017 season. I am a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Business. Although I have lived in five different states, I call Birmingham, AL home and graduated from Hoover High School in 2012. In addition to the AUMB, I have performed with various Auburn University and other local ensembles (Concert, Jazz, Jazz Combo, Auburn Knights, etc.), and became a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Fraternity for College Bandmembers, in the spring of 2013. Furthermore, I am involved with various engineering organizations including Cupola Engineering Ambassadors and Pi Tau Sigma. The AUMB has been one of the best experiences of my college career and I’m sure it will be one of your favorites as well! If you have any questions about the AUMB or Auburn in general, please don’t hesitate to email me or add me on Facebook.

Ryan LeGroneRyan LeGrone (Trumpet) - Email

War Eagle! My name is Ryan LaGrone and I am very excited to serve the AUMB as one of the Trumpet section leaders for the coming 2016-2017 season! I am from Madison, Alabama and graduated from Bob Jones High School in 2014 and am now a junior here in Auburn majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in Italian studies. I am involved in many organizations on campus, specifically Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, and Beta Upsilon Chi Christian Fraternity along with other academic opportunities including AIChE and undergraduate research. Along with participating and serving the AUMB, I have also been a member of the AU Pep Band. During my time here at Auburn, the AUMB has provided me with many of my closest friends as well as extensive opportunities to better myself as a student, musician, and person as a whole. The family values and high level of attainment the band provides is something I will always hold dear and I can’t wait to be able to share it all with you! If you have any questions or concerns about the AUMB, the upcoming season, or anything else, feel free to contact me through e-mail! Thanks and War Eagle!

Jacob RunyanJacob Runyan (Trumpet) - Email

War Eagle! My name is Jacob Runyan and I am so excited to be one of your trumpet section leaders for the 2016-2017 AUMB season! I am from Jasper, Alabama, and I graduated from Walker High School in 2014. I am a junior studying General Science Education. This will be my third season with the AUMB and my first as a section leader. Besides participating in the AUMB, I also play in the pep band, am active in the Baptist Campus Ministries, and basically love any sport that there is. The AUMB has been great for me because I have met so many friends, I have been able to travel to places that I otherwise might never have gone, and made many memories that I will never forget; all because I was a part of the AUMB Family. I can’t wait for you to get down here and become part of the AUMB. If you need anything or have any questions, just shoot me an email. See you at preseason camp. War Eagle!

Ransom CreechRansom Creech (Horn) - Email

Hello and War Eagle! My name is Ransom Creech and I am honored to serve as one of the horn section leaders for the 2016 season. I am a junior studying civil engineering and will be participating in my third year with the AUMB and the first as section leader. I am from Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Oak Mountain High School in 2014. Since coming to Auburn, the music program has been a huge part of my life, and I have enjoyed every second of it. I have been a member of the Marching Band, Basketball Pep Band, Symphonic Winds, Horn Quartet, and Dean’s Brass Quintet. All of my greatest memories from the last two years have come from the music program. Whether it is jogging out of the tunnel to a roaring Jordan-Hare or meeting Shaq and Charles Barkley, it has been a thrill from the second I put on the uniform.  I am absolutely thrilled you have decided to join the AUMB and I cannot wait to meet you and get to work. If you have any questions about anything at all please do not hesitate to contact me via email, phone, or text!

Brian StahlBrian Stahl (Horn) - Email

Hi and War Eagle! My name is Brian Stahl, I’m from Birmingham, Alabama, and I’m a senior majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Spanish. This will be my fourth year with the AUMB and my second year as a section leader. I am excited to serve in this position, as the AUMB has been central to my great experience at Auburn. Joining this group of dedicated and passionate individuals is the best decision I have made at Auburn. When I’m not marching or playing an instrument, I like hiking, playing football, or reading a good book. I look forward to meeting everyone, and feel free to text me or email me with any questions!

JT EdmonsonJT Edmonson (Trombone) - Email

War Eagle! My name is JT Edmonson and it is my privilege to serve as one of the Trombone Section Leaders for the 2016 football season! I am from Hueytown, Alabama, and am a senior in Chemical Engineering. I am also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, AU Cappella, and the Auburn University Chamber Choir. I am a HUGE fan of sports, which is one reason I joined the marching band. But the rewards have been far greater than I expected!  Playing many fun tunes, performing in front of 87,000 screaming fans, traveling to different parts of the country, crying to the "miracles" of football, the list goes on. The best part of the AUMB is getting to hang out with some of your best friends every day. I can't wait to hang out with you!

Thomas AtkinsThomas Atkins (Trombone) - Email

War Eagle y’all! My name is Thomas Atkins and I’m incredibly excited and honored to be one of your trombone section leaders for the 2016 season! This fall will be my third season in the Trombone section and my first as a section leader. I am a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering. I’m originally from League City, TX but have lived in Madison, AL for the past ten years. Other than marching band, I play with Auburn’s pep band and am a member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The past few years with the band here at Auburn have given me some of my best memories and best friends. The high expectations and strong values we hold in the AUMB have helped me grow both personally and professionally. I can’t wait to meet all of you and get to share a great season with you! If you need help with anything or have any questions or concerns feel free to email me or catch up with me on Facebook. Thanks and War Eagle!

LeeAnn JohnstonLeeAnn Johnston (Baritone) - Email

War Eagle! My name is LeeAnn Johnston and I am the Baritone Section Leader for the 2016 season. I am from Birmingham, AL and I graduated from Vestavia Hills High School in 2015. I'm a sophomore this season majoring in Cell & Molecular Biology, and this will be my second year marching in the AUMB. In addition to my time in the Marching Band, I have also been a member of the Basketball Pep Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Winds. Deciding to audition for the AUMB has been the best decision I’ve made in my short time here at Auburn, and I’m so excited to see what this next year has to offer! If you ever have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Alex NguyenAlex Nguyen (Tuba) - Email

War Eagle! My name is Alex Nguyen and I am excited to serve as one of the AUMB tuba section leaders for the 2016 season! I am a senior majoring in Music Education. I am from the lovely city of Cumming, Georgia, where I graduated from South Forsyth High School. Along with the AUMB, I play tuba in the Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. I also play bass trombone in the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, AU Community Orchestra, and Trombone Choir. I am an alumni brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and an active member of National Band Association, Music Teachers National Association, and AU Music Ambassadors. The AUMB is my family away from home, and I have loved every moment with this fantastic group of people! Some of my favorite moments are running out of the tunnel for the first time in the season, singing the Alma Mater after gameday rehearsals, and travelling to other stadiums for the game. If you need anything at all, feel free to email me! I can’t wait to meet all of you at A-Day and during Preseason Camp! War Eagle!

J. SeymourJ. Seymour (Tuba) - Email

Hello, my name is J. Seymour. I’m so excited to serve as one of the tuba section leaders for the 2016 AUMB! I am from Fayette, AL and I am a senior double majoring in Tuba Performance and Finance. This is my second year to serve as section leader but my fourth year as a member of the AUMB. The marching band is one of the many performing ensembles I am involved in. I also play tuba in the Dean’s Brass Quintet, Symphonic Winds, Tuba/Euphonium ensemble, and basketball Pep Band. As you can probably guess, I really love music and playing tuba! I can’t wait to get the marching season started and I know it will be a great year. I want to help out in any way I can, so if you have questions about anything, please shoot me an email. I can’t wait to meet you at A-Day or Preseason Camp. War Eagle!


Percussion

Jamie LoganJamie Logan (Drum Line) - Email

Hello! My name is Jamie Logan, and I'm excited to be serving as the Drumline Section Leader for the 2016-2017 season. I’m from Rockville, Maryland, where I graduated from Wootton High School. I’m a senior in Aerospace Engineering, and this will be my fourth year in the band. In addition to playing quads in the AUDL (Auburn University Drumline), I also play drum set for the University Jazz Ensemble and the Basketball Pep Band, and play the piano in my free time. As a way-out-of-state student who came to Auburn knowing next to nobody, I was quickly welcomed into the band organization by all of its members and was introduced to the family that I have come to love and cherish. The AUMB is truly a group of dedicated and determined musicians who set high standards for themselves, and the friends you’ll make and the experiences you’ll have will have a lasting, positive impact on your life. If you have any questions about the Drumline, tryouts, or the band in general, feel free to email me or add me on Facebook. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR EAGLE! HEY!!!

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